Make A Veneer Pendant Light Shade
Give a pendant light a new look by using two embroidery hoops and a small piece of 6mm thick plywood to make a frame for a shade.
A sheet of timber veneer is cut and wrapped around the frame to make a two-tier drum shade then finished with Scandinavian timber oil.
Designed to fit an existing light fitting, the plywood is cut to house the socket. Only use CFLs with this light shade as they produce 75% less heat than incandescent bulbs.
Buy timber embroidery hoops, sized from 75 to 350mm in diameter, for about $3 each, from craft suppliers.
Cutting the veneer
Use a tape measure to find the hoop circumference, add 20mm extra for overlap when gluing, then mark and cut a 300mm wide piece of veneer to length for the shade. Cut a 100mm wide strip to the same length.
For straight strips of veneer, cut right through the sheet with a utility knife for the best finish.
Or you can score the marked line then fold it against a straight edge and back on itself.
TIP If you want the grain of the timber veneer to run around the light, cut the long edge in the direction of the grain.